West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s response to police funding announcement - real terms cut in government funding for forces
Following initial analysis of the police funding announcement
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
"Despite warm words over the last few months, this is once again a
disappointing settlement that falls a long way short of what police
"West Midlands Police or other local forces across the country will
not receive a single extra penny from the government. Local police
forces will not benefit from this announcement, there is no new
money in this announcement for local forces. In fact it is a real
"Just to standstill West Midlands Police requires an extra £22
million. This announcement falls well short of that number.
"Crime and the threats that the country faces are rising. Police
forces therefore require additional funding to meet that
"The government expects council tax payers in the West Midlands to
pay millions more, at a time when wages are stagnant and living
standards are squeezed."
In 2017/18 West Midlands Police received £444.1 million. In 2018/19
West Midlands Police is due to receive the same figure. Therefore
there will be a real terms cut in government funding once inflation
is taken account of.